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Macchia Nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Frank Macchia, Professor of Theology, has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Society for Pentecostal Studies meeting in March at Southeastern University.  The Society for Pentecostal Studies is is an organization of scholars dedicated to providing a forum of discussion for all academic disciplines as a spiritual service to the kingdom of God (SPS Website).

Dr. Macchia has had several notable scholarly achievements in the past year, which are reflective of his nomination for the lifetime achievement award.  He presented a paper on the Anchor Bible Commentary on Revelation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in San Diego this past November.

Dr. Macchia has also recently contributed to chapters in two books:

  • “Baptized in the Spirit: A Pentecostal Reflection on the Filioque,” in Myk Habets, ed. Ecumenical Perspectives on the Filioque for the 21st Century (T & T Clark, 2014).
  • “God Says What the Text Says: Another Look at Karl Barth’s View of Scripture,” in Christian T. Collins Winn and John L. Drury, eds. Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology (Cascade Books, 2014).

Dr. Macchia also had this article published:

  • “Koinonia in the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision,’” Ecumenical Trends 43:10 (Nov. 2014).

 

For more information on Dr. Macchia and the Vanguard University Religion programs, please visit the department website here.

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Nursing Professor Presents for Hoag’s Nursing Grand Rounds

Dr. Julia Wilson, Associate Professor of Nursing, recently presented her doctoral research on “Factors Influencing Mental Health in a Cardiac Population”, at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA on August 14, 2014.  Her presentation was part of Hoag’s Nursing Grand Rounds and was video conferenced to the Hoag location in Irvine as well.

For more information on Dr. Wilson and the Vanguard University RN to BSN and MSN programs, please visit the department website here.

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Original Piece from Music Professor Debuted

Professor of Music, Dr. Greg Glancey, was commissioned by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble to write a piece for the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) national conference at BIOLA University. The commissioned work (Luna Agitata) will be performed on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30 pm in the Lansing Auditorium (BIOLA).

The conference begins Thursday October 9th and concludes on Saturday October 11th with this featured guest ensemble concert. More info and tickets available at http://ccca.biola.edu/events/2014/oct/9/cfamc-conference-registration/

For more information on Dr. Glancey and the Vanguard University Music Department, click here.

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Professor Presents on Health Care for the Homeless

Professor of Sociology, Dr. Edward Clarke, will present on the topic, “Health and Healthcare: Estimating the Cost of Care for Costa Mesa Homeless,” at Healthcare and Homelessness Economics Conference: Theory to Practical Solutions, hosted by the California State University Fullerton Community Advisory Board on Homeless Issues and the United Way.  This presentation is part of Dr. Clarke’s continued efforts to collect data on, and improve the well-being of, the homeless population in Costa Mesa.

Dr. Clarke’s presentation will examine the estimated cost of services, types of services utilized, and health care status of 182 members of the homeless population in Costa Mesa.  His research is based on in depth interviews conducted over a period of six days at five different homeless service locations.  Dr. Clarke will suggest, based on his data, that a new approach to preventing and treating health problems among the homeless should be considered.

For more information on Dr. Clarke and his research, please visit the home page for the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (here).

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Guitar Professor on Tour in Georgia

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Assistant Professor of Music and classical guitarist, Michael Nigro, will be on a brief tour in Georgia the first week of October.  If you’re in the area, please come and see him!  Below are his concert dates.  For more information on Professor Nigro, visit the Music Department website (here) or his personal website (here).

 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 |5:00 pm
1802 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401-8122

Cathedral of St. Philip
Sunday, October 5th, 2014 |3:15 pm
2744 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA

Augusta’s Historic Saint Paul’s Church
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 |Noon
605 Reynolds Street Augusta, GA 30901

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Theatre Professor Interviewed

 

Professor of Theatre Arts, David Pecoraro, recently gave an interview for the website thisisoffcampus.org detailing how he got into Theatre production, and what advice he would give to college graduates on their graduation day.  In the interview, Professor Pecoraro says students should start transitioning into the workforce before graduation so it’s not an overnight transition.  He also recounts his memories about being in the M.F.A. program at Temple University.  Highlights of the interview which was originally broadcast on November 20th, 2013 can be found at this link http://thisisoffcampus.org/interviews/david-pecoraro/.

 

For more information about Vanguard’s Theatre Arts Department, visit the Department Website here.

 

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Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard

Dear Vanguard Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that beloved Vanguard professor Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard passed away on Sunday, May 18 in Ireland, her home since retiring from Vanguard.

Dr. Leonard taught at Vanguard University as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, serving as an Assistant Professor of Sociology from 1997 to 2002, and then as Associate Professor of Sociology from 2002 to 2007, and finally as Professor of Sociology from 2007 to 2011. She delivered and expanded the Sociology curriculum to include areas of specialization in gender and crime, the sociology of women, corrections, family violence and juvenile delinquency, and played in integral role in helping grow the Sociology major to one hundred majors.

Dr. Leonard sustained a robust research agenda during her tenure at Vanguard University, producing a book (Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill, State University of New York Press, 2002), four book chapters and nine articles in peer-reviewed journals. She was widely recognized as an expert on issues related to battered women in prison and domestic violence, and as such, was invited to present research, guest lecture, provide expert witness testimony, and give various public presentations on seventy different occasions, and in diverse institutional settings and locales in the United States and Europe.

She served Vanguard University faithfully by being a tireless leader and advocate of interdisciplinary collaboration, which included serving as the Co-Director of Vanguard University’s Center for Women’s Studies from 2002 to 2005. She advised, counseled, and mentored countless numbers of students who, upon graduating from Vanguard University, followed her example by pursing vocations that advance the public good.

Elizabeth was highly respected, admired and regarded by the students at Vanguard University, who voted her the Faculty Member of the Year for 1999-2000, and again as Faculty Member of the Year for 2006-2007. Over the years students have consistently expressed their affection for her and their appreciation of her guidance and support.

Upon her retirement, Dr. Leonard was granted the status of faculty emerita. Dr. Leonard was a devoted colleague and friend and will be greatly missed.

Please keep Dr. Leonard’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Serving with you,

MICHAEL J. BEALS, PhD

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Vanguard University Names Doretha O’Quinn New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Costa Mesa, CA, May 15, 2014 – After an extensive nationwide search since September of 2013, Vanguard University President Michael J. Beals announced on May 15 the appointment of Doretha O’Quinn to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 2014.

“Doretha O’Quinn carries esteemed credentials in higher education, a strong academic commitment to diversity, and intellectual passions which make her a great cultural fit for Vanguard University,” said Beals. “Dr. O’Quinn’s engaging personal style and demonstration of mentor relationships will make a transforming impact on our students, our faculty, and the mission of Vanguard.”

O’Quinn succeeds acting provost/vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Mike Wilson. Wilson served in the position since August of 2013.

O’Quinn currently serves as vice provost of multi-ethnic and cross cultural engagement at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., where she has served since 2011. She also received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Biola University and a B.A. from Life Pacific College of San Dimas, Calif. Prior to this recent appointment, O’Quinn served as Associate Dean of the School of Education of Point Loma Nazarene University.

Dr. O’Quinn has spent over 34 years working as an administrator, principal and teacher in public and Christian K-12 schools and universities in southern California. She brings a passion for advancing the mission of Vanguard University in diverse communities. Honored as the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa’s “Outstanding African-American Educator of the Year,” O’Quinn was also invited as a fellow of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ Advanced Women in Leadership Development Institute.

An award-winning teacher, speaker, administrator and published author, O’Quinn is up to the task of leading the academic house at a nationally ranked Christian university.

 “Vanguard University has an established commitment to equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service,” said Wilson. “Dr. O’Quinn joins a strong academic faculty where her leadership will further this mission, and undoubtedly serve the institution well.”

O’Quinn will work closely with President Beals in the leadership of all academic programs, and work to promote Vanguard University’s academic excellence that integrates faith and life. She will work with administration and faculty on a daily basis concerning Vanguard’s renowned undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs.

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To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY

Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

Kinesiology Professor Published on Second Impact Syndrome

Dr. Terry Zeigler, Professor of Kinesiology at Vanguard University, recently had an article published concerning her work on Second Impact Syndrome. This syndrome can result in fatality and is caused by concussed athletes returning to play too soon. This article reflects Dr. Zeigler’s commitment and knowledge to diagnosing and treating sports related injuries. Her articles are now being sought out by a fitness company who seeks her knowledge on a range of sports injuries, diagnoses, and treatments. Her article on Second Impact Syndrome was published on Sports MD website. To read this article click here.

Director of Nursing Program recently published for her work as a research facilitator at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton.

VU-Staff-12-156Dr. Mary Wickman, Director of the Nursing Program and Professor at Vanguard University, recently had an article published from the work she does as a  research facilitator at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. This publication resulted from a multi-site research study that was conducted between the sister ministries of St. Joseph, St. Jude, and Mission Hospital and is the second publication resulting from this research.  The article is titled: “The Hospital Staff Nurse Perceptions of Competency to Care for Patients with Psychiatric or Behavioral Health Concerns” and is published in the September/October issue of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. For the full article and more publication information, please click here.